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05/19/2006 01:18:47 PM · #1
I want something I can keep in my pocket and use as more of a recording tool.

Are manual controls (film and shutter speeds and aperture) a common feature on non-SLR cameras? I've been using the Canon Powershot A520 up till now but it's a bit bulky for my tastes (which is a shame cos it gave me good results).

Price wise I'm not too bothered, although I want something too expenive to take out of the house!
05/19/2006 01:24:32 PM · #2
I've been looking for the same thing. I haven't yet purchased, but here are a few I've been looking at.

Canon Powershot SD700 IS
Canon Powershot SD550
Fuji Finexpix F30
Panasonic Lumix LX1

Manual controls don't seem to be ultra common in the super compact cameras. The Powershots I listed do not have them but the Lumix and Finepix do.
05/19/2006 01:29:33 PM · #3
I love the Fuji finepix A340 or A345...check the images in photos on this website..the A340, I had for 3 years and took over 4000 images; then the zoom broke, but it didn't owe me anything..the A345 is what I use now..I tried the canon powershot SD550-5mp..but brought it back because it doesn't give the clarity and quality of the Fuji images..plus the camera is only about $140 or $150..and worth every penny.

Message edited by author 2006-05-19 13:29:52.
05/19/2006 01:35:20 PM · #4
Mk - cheers for that. I only looked at the bottom two as I really need the manual controls. Amazon cant seem to find the LX1, and says the F30 has a build in MP3!! I cant think of a weirder combination of technology!!
05/19/2006 01:37:59 PM · #5
Originally posted by dragonlady:

I love the Fuji finepix A340 or A345...check the images in photos on this website..the A340, I had for 3 years and took over 4000 images; then the zoom broke, but it didn't owe me anything..the A345 is what I use now..I tried the canon powershot SD550-5mp..but brought it back because it doesn't give the clarity and quality of the Fuji images..plus the camera is only about $140 or $150..and worth every penny.


Nice one, just had a look and it looks perfect!!
05/19/2006 01:38:59 PM · #6
The Panasonic LX1 is amazing.... I've wanted one of those things for a loooooong time.
05/19/2006 01:39:47 PM · #7
Amazon lists the Lumix here but those are through their outside vendors. B&H also lists it. Check the reviews, though. I was somewhat concerned about the graininess at higher ISOs.
05/19/2006 01:42:56 PM · #8
Originally posted by mk:

Amazon lists the Lumix here but those are through their outside vendors. B&H also lists it. Check the reviews, though. I was somewhat concerned about the graininess at higher ISOs.


Hmm... seems very pricey... also I like my high ISOs, so I think that one's a no-no!
05/19/2006 01:46:27 PM · #9
Just looked at people on here with the A345 - Rae-Ann's picture is amazing!!

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I know it's the photographer blah blah that makes the pic, butif that can be achieved then I think I'm sold!

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05/19/2006 01:49:56 PM · #10
Checkout review by a user of LX1 Review

He is a member at another forum, a professional photographer. You will love his review.

Message edited by author 2006-05-19 13:54:51.
05/19/2006 01:52:15 PM · #11
Another vote for the Fuji F30. ;-)
05/19/2006 02:11:45 PM · #12
Originally posted by General:

Checkout review by a user of LX1 Review

He is a member at another forum, a professional photographer. You will love his review.


It sounds like a very good camera, but the problem is I just want to be able to record a situation and test a few different settings for if I want to come back and shoot more.

The more I read up on the A345, the more I think it's the right one. We're going into town tomorrow (got VIP tickets o a secret Zutons gig in Liverpool!!!) so I've persuaded the man to go to Jessops. I'll have a play and decide whether I lke it, and who knows - I might have a camera by the end of the day! :D
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